Reliance Infra-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which built and runs Mumbai’s first metro route, has taken back its consent for an audit of Mumbai Metro by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
The development may lead to hurdles for the audit, which has been pending for over two years.
The state government officials said they did not know the reasons behind the MMOPL’s decision but maintained that the development will not impact the audit.
Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, urban development department, said “We do not know why MMOPL is not ready for the audit. It has not given reasons for taking back its consent. The metro fare hike is related to the project cost and so the CAG audit is necessary. We have written to the CAG several times and are hopeful it will be carried out in larger public interest.”
Meanwhile, MMOPL said the CAG audit was in conflict with the undergoing arbitration process with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The MMRDA is nodal agency for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) metro line, which was developed by the MMOPL on public-private partnership mode.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the Bombay high court decision to grant a stay on the fare hike proposed by the fare fixation committee (FFC).
Instead of the earlier slabs of Rs 10, 20, 30 and 40, the new structure will have five slabs of Rs 10, 20, 25, 35 and 45. The fare slabs per trip for the return journey token category have been similarly revamped from Rs 10, 15, 25 and 30 to Rs 10, 20, 22.50, 30 and 35 now.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai on October 4 to lay the foundation stone of the Ambedkar memorial has been postponed. The busy schedule of the Prime Minister was attributed as the reason.
A pickpocket with nearly two dozen cases on Mumbai`s congested suburban railway system behind him was finally nabbed after he dodged detection for a year, an official said here on Tuesday.
The proposed hike in Mumbai metro fare, following recommendations by the Centre-appointed Fare Fixation Committee (FFC), has become a tricky issue for both the state and the Centre even as commuters continue to react angrily to the steep hike.
MUMBAI: Seven months after the withdrawal of the Rs 10 invitation fare and implementation of a graded fare structure, the daily passenger traffic on the Metro is still down by 14% or 40,000 passengers per day.
Public and yet not so completely. An irony, for sure. Fare Fixation Committee’s report on Mumbai Metro fares has been made public, but hasn’t been shared with the public.